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OTRC: 'American Idol' alum Scotty McCreery: 7 questions

Scotty McCreery talks to OnTheRedCarpet.com about his summer concert tour, college and 'American Idol' on July 18, 2012. (OTRC)

Scotty McCreery, season 10 winner of "American Idol," recently talked to OnTheRedCarpet.com in Los Angeles about his current summer tour with country artist Brad Paisley, his decision to enter college, taking on the challenge of songwriting and who he thinks the new judges should be on "American Idol."

Check out what he had to say.

1. How excited he is about his concert tour with Brad Paisley...

"It's been great - it's been one thing happening after another. But the tour with Brad - he's quite the dude. And you know, The Band Perry is out with us too, and I'm learning so much, and we're having such a fun time. He's [Paisley] like the big dog, so he's like renting out go-kart tracks for us after the shows, or movie theaters and stuff, so he's all about having a good time for sure."

2. How touring with Paisley has been a learning experience...

"I'm kind of saying that I'm in school right now while I'm in school with I'm on tour with brad because I'm the newbie and I'm the newly-graduated high school student. I go out every night with a little disguise on, a little hat, watch him from the front of the house or something just to see how he puts on a show and how he relates to a crowd and the musicianship that he has. I'm learning so much, and hopefully I can put that into my shows down the road."

3. On Paisley collaborating with him for his next studio album...

"I'd love for him to be on it, I'm sure he is a busy guy so I don't know if that will work out or not, but it'd be cool. Yeah we're working on it, getting songs. I actually got a song in today from my guys that I'm really loving, so it's a day by day process. "

4. On writing some of his own songs for his upcoming album...

"It's been great - we've had a writer's bus come out and follow us on the road sometimes, and I've kind of gone back and forth from there and just writing some tunes, and writing some of my own back home. So we'll see what I'll get on there, and how many - I don't know. But it's kind of fun - it's more creative and more unique for me that way."

5. On the changes with "American idol," who he would like to have as judges...

"It's definitely going to change, you know it changed when Simon left and a couple of those guys, so we'll see. You know the show is going to survive, it's been the biggest show on television for the last 10 or 11 years, so I'm not worried about that. But I'm excited to see the new judges they bring in. Everybody back home thinks I have the inside scoop on who it's going to be, and they don't tell me nothing so I don't know. It was nice having Steven and Jennifer my season. I learned a lot from them, had fun with them. And I'm sure the next judges will be great as well."

"I like to see artists - I'm glad that Jennifer and Steven were there because they were in the business, they knew what we were feeling on stage. I don't know if I could pick one artist, I'm trying to think ... Maybe from country music ... Garth Brooks would be cool. It'd be cool to see him."

6. On the decision to attend college...

"College for me was important to me, you know growing up through the ranks, and I dont think just because I've achieved some success this last year that I need to ditch that plan. And college isn't just about learning the formulas for chemistry or something like that, it's about becoming a life-long learner, learning things about yourself and just relationships with others. I think I'll have that. You know I'm not going to have the typical college experience, but it'll be as normal as I can make it."

7. ...and playing baseball there...

"I wish I could. One, I'm not all that good for like the one ACC baseball but you know, I'm busy too, so maybe club ball here or there or intramural stuff but I can't commit to anything too big."

Reporting by Jacob Burch, correspondent for KABC Television's entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).

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